Reflecting on my own experience, I believe the most useful advice I can give is “business school is your own experience and what you make of it.” With the academic, extracurricular group, career and social options available – the focus and balance of each individual is different.Accepting that your priorities and experience will look different from your other classmates is a great thing to recognize and accept early on.I am confident that the MBA experience has been a huge catalyst for pushing me up the learning curve, for professional development and my career.
I was a terrible biker before business school, and decided to conquer my fear as part of my graduate studies.
Accepted: Can you tell us about the joint program you’re in?
Through Harvard Kennedy, I will receive a Master in Public Administration and an MBA degree through MIT Sloan.
Harvard Kennedy offers the concurrent option with five partner institutions – MIT Sloan, Harvard Business School, Stanford GSB, Tuck and Wharton.
I didn’t know if I should get more years and more diverse work experience before applying to business school.
In hindsight, I can’t be sure if more experience would have been beneficial, but I am positive that the decision to apply to the MBA was highly beneficial and I have absolutely no regrets.
If I could re-chart my experience, I would focus on a few skills and topic areas I wanted to get out of the MBA and ensure that I dove deep in those areas.
Accepted: Looking back at the b-school admissions process, what would you say was your greatest challenge?
This has led me to pursue the Harvard Kennedy School dual-degree and continues to remind me of the great challenge we face today as a nation – growing inequality – and how that can best be addressed at a system level.
I have been in a leadership role for Sloan Women in Management (SWIM) and am fortunate enough to speak with women considering applying to business school.